Lillon Buford Lynch enlisted in the US Navy on September 19, 1939 in Louisville. He was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Wasp CV-7 and reported first on board on April 25, 1940. Lillion remained on the USS Wasp until it was lost on September 15, 1942 after the aircraft carrier was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.
His next assignment was aboard the USS Fogg DE 57, a destroyer especially designed and trained to fight enemy submarines. The USS Fogg was commissioned on July 7, 1943 and became known as the Fighting Fogg and travelled over 150,000 miles.
On December 20, 1944, the USS Fogg was torpedoed by a German submarine about 400 miles west of Gibraltar. In this action, fifteen members of the ship’s crew lost their lives. Lillon was one of the fifteen killed in action as a result of the attack. He died of his wound three days later on December 23, 1944.
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. William Elisha Lynch, Clouds, TN
- Rank: Chief Boatswains Mate
- Date of death: 23 December 1944
- County: Claiborne
- Hometown: Clouds
- Service Branch: Navy
- Division/Assignment: USS Fogg DE 57
- Theater: Europe/Mediterranean
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Lily Grove Cemetery, Claiborne County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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